Best Bar nominee – Market St, Napier.

New Zealand’s best hospitality and accommodation establishments will be recognised Wednesday, 27 July, at the Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence 2022.

Winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland on the final night of the two-day 2022 New Zealand Hospitality Conference.

It will be the first time in three years the Awards for Excellence have been held in person, due to COVID restrictions.

Chief judge Michael Friend says a record number of entries have been received this year.

“Once again the panel has been challenged in deciding the ‘best of the best’. There have been some outstanding submissions across all categories and many forms of innovative presentation.

“The panel were most impressed with the degree of detail provided given the resources available to entrants during these COVID times. It has also been interesting to read the various initiatives entrants have employed whilst re-invigorating their businesses.”

The liquor on- and off-premise finalists are:

Best Bar: sponsored by Asahi
Kaiser Brew Garden – Christchurch
Little Blackwood – Queenstown
Market St – Napier
Thistle Inn – Wellington
Tipsy Oyster Tapas & Bar – Paihia

Best Brand Experience: Sponsored by Review Magazine
Heyday Beer Co – Wellington
Naumi Studio Wellington – Wellington
The Hotel Britomart – Auckland
The Monteith’s Brewery Experience – Greymouth
Toastie New Zealand – Picton

Best Local: sponsored by Sky
Smith & McKenzie Steak House – Hamilton
The Elmwood Trading Company – Christchurch
The Frankton Arm Tavern – Queenstown
The Greytown Hotel – The Top Pub – Greytown
The Keg Room – Hamilton

Best New/ Redeveloped Business – Food & Beverage: sponsored by DB Breweries
Cargo Gantley’s Pub & Café – Queenstown
Margo’s – Queenstown
Lola Rouge at Naumi Studio Wellington – Wellington
Esther Restaurant at QT Auckland – Auckland
Queenstown Ice Bar – Queenstown

Excellence in People & Culture: sponsored by Typsy
Future Hospitality Group – Queenstown
Miro – Christchurch
Republic Hospitality Group – Queenstown
The Riverhead – Riverhead
University of Canterbury Students Association – Christchurch

Best Live Entertainment Venue: sponsored by One Music
Miss Gee’s Bar and Eatery – Tauranga
SkyCity Hamilton – Hamilton
Smash Palace – Gisborne
The Playhouse Theatre – Nelson
University of Canterbury Students Association – Christchurch

For more information and the full list of finalists, click here.

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